There are so many exciting things going on, we decided to send out a “Special Edition” newsletter to give you a quick update.
If you’d like to connect with Tourism Currents in person (always, um, a lively event!) here’s the scoop:
** Chicago, IL – We’re attending the SOBCon business conference (no, not that kind of SOB….it’s Successful Online Business) at the Summit Executive Center on Michigan Ave, May 4-6.
The conference itself still has a few seats left, but there’s also a SOBCon 2012 kickoff party on Thursday, May 3 sponsored by Social Media Club Chicago, at Loyola University’s Kasbeer Hall, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. It’s open to anyone and we’d love to see our Midwest friends there.
Tourism Currents will make a big announcement at SOBCon, but we can’t tell you more than that right now….:)
** Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Sheila will speak twice, plus a possible shirtsleeves/hands-on session, at the MITBCA (Malaysia International Tourism Bloggers Conference and Awards), May 8-9.
She’ll discuss how tourism organizations can find and connect with online publishers other than travel bloggers, and how social media can help even the smallest destinations play in the “big time” to reach visitors. At least one day she hopes to work with Tourism Malaysia to explore some of the country for her own blogs and print work.
We’re excited to see more online media events happening in Asia, especially those related to tourism and hospitality. Even better, this event is free – register here for MITBCA 2012.
** New York, NY – Becky and Sheila will speak together on a Podcasting track panel at BlogWorld & New Media Expo East, at the Javits Center in NYC, June 5-7.
They’ll join Mark Tafoya and Jennifer Iannolo from Culinary Media Network to talk about how, with the right content and audience, podcasters and bloggers can work with tourism organizations.
You know we love BlogWorld – we’ve run a Tourism track at two different BlogWorld conferences – but we’ve never been together at the New York one. Becky is also speaking during the concurrent Social Media Business Summit about Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Business Can Prosper in a Connected Economy.
If you’re on the East Coast (or anywhere, really) you should consider attending BlogWorld East 2012 in New York.
** Keystone, CO – Tourism Currents is now a proud sponsor of the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) travel blogging conference at the Keystone Resort and Convention Center in Keystone, CO June 15-17.
Sheila spoke at a previous TBEX as a travel blogger, but now she’ll also be wearing her Tourism Currents business hat. We find that more and more, we serve as a unique bridge between the tourism industry and the online publishing worlds, because we understand both of them. More details to follow on our specific sessions.
One of the best ways to meet online publishers is offline, at conferences like TBEX where hundreds of them gather. We hope to see our Rocky Mountain friends at TBEX, plus many others.
Whew! There’s gonna be some coffee/Red Bull-chugging moments in the next few weeks to power through all this excitement, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Give us a shout at Tourism Currents on Twitter or on our Facebook Page or down in the comments here if we’ll see you in person at one of these events, or somewhere else in the world, and thanks so much for your support.
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